Town of Collingwood mourns the first COVID-19 death in the area

April 6, 2020
Corporate Service, Council

The Town of Collingwood sadly mourns the first local COVID-19 death in our neighbouring community of Wasaga Beach.

Mayor Brian Saunderson announces, “It is with great sadness that I announce that a resident of Wasaga Beach has died from COVID-19. We share our deepest condolences with the family and loved ones on their terrible loss. I want to thank the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital and all of the front-line healthcare workers who are giving their all each and every day to protect our community. Regrettably, the statistics suggest that we may suffer more deaths in our area. We must act now to limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, self-isolating, exercising safe physical distancing, diligently washing our hands, and coughing only into our sleeve.”

Mayor Saunderson continues, “The Town of Collingwood will continue to look at ways we can protect our residents from this virus. We must flatten this curve. It is a matter of personal safety, it is a matter of community safety, and it is becoming a matter of life and death. Our region is made up of strong, compassionate, and resilient communities, and I have no doubt that together we will prevail.”

The local COVID-19 victim is a male in his 70s from Wasaga Beach who contracted the virus overseas.

Mayor Saunderson will continue to be available to local media on Tuesday, April 7 at Noon.

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